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$23,000 Settlement in Assault on Prisoner at Halfway House

The District of Columbia (DC) paid $23,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by Timothy Cofield for injuries sustained when a halfway house employee assaulted him.

As Cofield returned to DC’s halfway house called the Extended House on April 13, 2002, he was stopped by employee Ronal Bailey. After verbally assaulting Cofield by calling him a “bitch” and other obscenities, Bailey punched Cofield in the face and mouth without provocation, resulting in a broken jaw, several teeth knocked out, and bruises.

The complaint asserts both negligence claims and civil rights violations. Cofield accepted settlement on May 15, 2004. He was represented by Washington DC attorney Fredrick J. Brynn. See: Cofield v. District of Columbia, Superior Court, District of Columbia, Case No. 03-2688.

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Cofield v. District of Columbia